North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Specialized Subject Control/Arrest Techniques Instructor Training

Future dates will be available upon completion of required pre-qualification course. 
In order to attend this course, applicants must first successfully complete a prequalification session. Prequalification dates for this course can be located on the Academy's website:
Specialized Subject Control/Arrest Techniques Instructor Prequalification.

Who Should Attend:

Instructors who have received a recommendation from a certified school director and will be instructing Subject Control/Arrest Techniques in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Subject Control Techniques in the Detention Officer Certification Course (DOCC). Individuals must have successfully completed the general Instructor Training course.

Course Goals:

To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to instruct Subject Control/Arrest Techniques in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and Subject Control Techniques in Detention Officer Certification (DOCC).

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:

♦ Explain common injuries that may occur during subject control/arrest techniques training and the basic steps of first-aid treatment for these injuries.
♦ Explain the importance of being physically fit and demonstrate the ability to maintain a regular exercise program. 
♦ Explain the necessity of safety guidelines and demonstrate safety methods relative to subject control/arrest techniques instruction.
♦ Demonstrate the ability to successfully teach students the mandated subject control/arrest techniques curriculum and when these methods should be appropriately applied.
♦ Explain and demonstrate various equipment and methods which will enhance the student's realistic practical training.
♦ Explain the concept of professional liability as related to the instruction of subject control/arrest techniques.


This course employs lecture, discussion, practical exercises and practice teaching.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Students must demonstrate the ability to teach all techniques utilized in the BLET Subject Control/Arrest Techniques lesson plan.

Students must successfully complete a practical skills evaluation of the subject control/arrest techniques methods. Upon course completion, students must attain a minimum of 75% on a Commission-administered written examination prior to being certified as a Specialized Subject Control/Arrest Techniques Instructor.

Special Concerns:
Comfortable and practical clothing, tennis or aerobic shoes, and gym apparel for physical training are necessary. Students should also bring handcuffs and duty belt with standard attached equipment to include expandable baton (NO WEAPONS, NO AEROSOL CHEMICAL SPRAYS). Physical training will be conducted at specified times and participation is mandatory.

Each applicant for specialized subject control arrest techniques instructor training shall:
(1)  have completed the criminal justice general instructor training course;

(2)  present a letter from a licensed physician stating the applicant’s physical fitness to participate in the course;

(3) present a written endorsement by a certified school director indicating the student will be utilized to instruct subject control arrest techniques in Basic Law Enforcement Training Courses; or

4)  present a written endorsement by a department head, certified school director, or in-service training coordinator indicating the student will be utilized to instruct Subject Control Arrest Techniques for the “Law Enforcement Officers’ In-Service Training Program”

NOTE: Effective February 2013: Student’s applying for our Specialized Instructor Training courses no longer have to submit a CPR card in order to enroll or attend. Students will have to submit the CPR card to the  Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Division once they complete our Specialized course and apply for certification.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that each of these items are on file with the NC Justice Academy.  If any of the above required items are missing from the applicant’s file, the applicant will NOT be enrolled in the course.


  1. Register for ALL NCJA classes (traditional classroom and online) on our  North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.
  2. Also, you must complete the Written Endorsement to Attend Specialized Instructor or SMI Training form and return it to the appropriate program assistant indicated the Training Portal.


Course Coordinator:

Jesse Kittrell

Length of Course:

Ten days - 75 hours